The PWI 500
The PWI 500, Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s annual ranking of the top 500 stars in wrestling, hit newsstands last week. The special issue – now in its 19th year – is something I look forward to every year.
For this list, pro wrestling is regarded as actual competition and not scripted entertainment. The rankings reflect how wrestlers fared from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009, and are based on the following criteria: titles won, major feuds, won-loss records, quality of opponents, prominence within their individual promotion, activity and overall ability. Wrestlers from all over the world are eligible for the PWI 500.
Triple H took the top spot this year. Following him in the top 10 are: Chris Jericho, John Cena, Edge, Randy Orton, Nigel McGuinness, Hiroshi Tanahashi, CM Punk, Sting and Ultimo Guerrero.
For the second straight year, I have compiled by own list using the same criteria as PWI. I call it The Ring Posts 20 (sorry, 20 is my limit) and it will be posted on Thursday. Feel free to send in your own rankings.